Premium Bus Service 548

Premium Bus Service 548 is a Premium service operated by Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 to Fullerton Road. The route passes through Ang Mo Kio Street 52, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, CTE and Cecil Street, operating five trips towards the city in the morning. This premium service was formally operated by SBS Transit.

 

Route Information
Route Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 (Blk 604) → Fullerton Road (Fullerton Sq)
Passes Through Ang Mo Kio St 52, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, CTE, Cecil St
Route Length 18.5km
Travelling Time 50mins
Operator Information
Current Operator Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd
Departure Times from Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
0740 – 0805 (Weekdays, excluding public holidays)
Frequency Unidirectional Service
AM Peak: 5 – 10 mins

History:

  • 2008 (25 Feb): Introduced by SBS Transit Ltd as a Premium Service from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 → Fullerton Rd, with one trip departing at 0800hrs. Charges a flat fare of $3.60
  • 2009 (01 Apr): Fare temporarily lowered to $3.40
  • 2009 (05 Oct): Amended to ply Cecil Street (previously Robinson Rd)
  • 2010 (19 Apr): Second departure introduced at 0750hrs
  • 2010 (01 Jul): Fare reinstated to $3.60
  • 2011 (08 Nov): Fare increased to $3.80
  • 2011 (19 Dec): Third and fourth departures added at 0745hrs and 0755hrs
  • 2014 (04 Aug): Fare revised to $4.20
  • 2015 (13 Jul): Operations transferred to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd. 2 additional morning trips and 2 new evening return trips implemented.
  • 2016 (08 Aug): Morning trips cut to 5 (previously 6); Evening trips withdrawn
  • 2018 (11 Jul): Morning trips cut to 4
Change of operator poster
Change of operator poster, click for larger view

Premium 548 serves the housing estates of Ang Mo Kio Neighborhoods 4, 5 and 6 with bus connections to the CBD, eliminating the hassle of transferring between different modes of transport. It is a more convenient alternative route for residents who would otherwise rely on the MRT to reach the city. Steady increase of demand would lead to the increase of buses deployed, from one trip in 2008 to four trips in 2011, the most number of trips for any SBS Transit Premium service.

In 2013, City Direct 652 was launched between Ang Mo Kio and Shenton Way, which had a slight impact on the demand of Premium 548 as a more affordable alternative.

Two additional morning trips were added with the change of operator from SBS Transit Ltd to Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd, owing to a fleet capacity downgrade from a double-decker bus to a high floor private coach. In addition, new evening trips would be implemented from the CBD back to Ang Mo Kio.

 

Change Of Operator

From 13 Jul 2015, Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd took over SBS Transit Ltd. in running this service. In recent years, SBS Transit has been transferring operations of premium bus services to private operators, despite being profitable.

With the new operator, bus trip timings were revised to:

  • 0740hrs, 0745hrs, 0750hrs, 0755hrs, 0800hrs & 0805hrs from Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 and
  • 1820hrs and 1835hrs from Collyer Quay for new PM trips

AM trips were later cut to 5 and PM trips were withdrawn from 8 August 2016.

Departure Timings

  • From Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 (Blk 604): 0740hrs, 0750hrs, 0800hrs, 0805hrs

Operating Days: Weekdays only. Does not operate on Weekends and Public Holidays.

Fare: Flat fare of $4.20. Transfer rebates & concessionary travel are not applicable.

Fleet: Premium 548 operates on private coaches

Route Information:

From Ang Mo Kio To Fullerton Rd
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
    – Blk 604
    – Blk 617
    – Blk 643
    – Blk 649
    – Anderson JC
  • Ang Mo Kio St 53
    – Opp Blk 507
  • Ang Mo Kio St 52
    – Blk 522
    – Blk 527
  • Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
    – Blk 555
    – Blk 465
    – Blk 475
    – Opp Townsville Pr Sch
  • Anson Rd
    – Intl Plaza
  • Cecil St
    – Opp GB Bldg
    – Prudential Twr
  • Fullerton Rd
    – Fullerton Sq

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Gallery:

 

SBST Volvo Olympian 3-axle (SBS9479U) - Premium 548
SBS9479U – Premium 548
SBST Volvo B9TL Wright (SBS3209Y) - Premium 548
SBS3209Y – Premium 548
Premium 548 release poster
Premium 548 SBST release poster

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Operator History:

  • 25 Feb 2008 – 10 Jul 2015: SBS Transit Ltd
  • 13 Jul 2015 – Present: Aedge Holdings Pte Ltd

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